Originally Posted by Bruzer
middle of August. They should have the roads plowed by then, just worried about the damage.
If they don't have the road open by then they are going to be in trouble. Too many tourist dollars would be lost.
Note, however, that there is a multi-year re-hab project ongoing. Check the official park web site for details. You might encounter delays and temporary road/lane closures. When we were there in '09, traffic was reduced to one lane for a stretch on the west side. On the descent, we had to wait about 10-15 min. until the traffic coming up cleared. Then they let the descending traffic go. No worries as it's a really nice place to hang out--unless it's cold and wet. To the extent you encounter any unpaved sections as a result of the re-hab like we did, they should be passable with only a little problem.
Here are some photos from our loop from Whitefish up into B.C. and Alberta and back into MT:
The last 26 are from the west slope of GTS. The pass was not open when we got to St, Mary so we went around the park via
U.S. 89, Looking Glass Road and Marias Pass (U.S. 2) so we could at least ride up and back down the west slope of GTS before going home.